Cyrus S. Poonawalla (born in 1941), also known as the “vaccine king of India”, is an Indian Parsi businessman, and the chairman of Poonawalla Group, which includes Serum Institute of India, the Indian biotech company that manufactures paediatric vaccines.
Cyrus Poonawalla was born in a Parsi family. His father was a horse breeder. He was married to Villoo Poonawalla, who died in 2010. They have a son, Adar, who currently works as the CEO of Serum Institute of India.
- He was awarded the Padma Shriby Hon’ble President of India, in 2005
- He was awarded the Ernst & Young“Entrepreneur of the Year 2007” in the category of Healthcare & Life Sciences on 20 November 2007
- He was awarded the Ernst & Young“Entrepreneur of the Year 2014” on 5 February 2015
- He was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Lettersby The University of Massachusetts Medical School on 3 June 2018.
- He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science by the University of Oxfordon 26 June 2019.
In May 2019, it was reported that Poonawalla, in partnership with Naum Koen, had proposed supplying Ukraine with 100 thousand doses of the measles vaccine for free vaccination.